You’ve found Amy’s professional home on the web. Here you’ll find info on the classes I teach for CU Boulder, my current office hours and contact info, my bio and CV, and an archive of papers and stories I wrote before I started blogging in the early 2000’s.
For a variety of handouts on digital writing for students and teachers, visit DigitalWriting101.net.
The links below are for students in the classes I teach for CU Boulder. Students may also use the Contact page to send me email via the web.
REGULAR HOURS: 5-7pm on Thursdays in the HUMN Lobby
ADDITIONAL HOURS: as needed on other days, in my office at 1338 Grandview (view directions)
ONLINE: Email me any time, but please allow 24 hours for a reply. I’m also open to setting up an online meeting via Google Hangouts or Skype.
WRTG 3020: Rhetoric of Gender and Sexuality
WRTG 3020: Rhetoric of Gender and Sexuality through New Media
Are you interested in the connections between gender expression and sexual orientation? Do you enjoy exploring new media environments and learning to craft compelling messages in a variety of new media formats? Still need to fulfill your Arts and Sciences core requirement for upper division written communication?.
If so, consider choosing my WRTG 3020 topic: The Rhetoric of Gender and Sexuality through New Media, which also counts as a TAM elective..
OFFERED: Two sections every Spring and Fall semester.
DELIVERY FORMAT: Hybrid of classroom-based and online learning.
MEETING SCHEDULE: One section meets from 5:00-6:15 on Tuesdays. The second section meets either from 6:30-7:45 on Tuesdays OR from 5:00-6:15 on Thursdays, depending on the semester..
ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS: Typically two per week, due by midnight on Fridays and Sundays, with a 24 hour grace period..
COURSE FLYER: rhetoricofgenderandsexuality.net.
WRTG 3090: New Media Storytelling
WRTG 3090: Storytelling Through New Media
Do you believe in the value of sharing personal stories as a way of expressing ourselves, connecting with others, and offering new insights into human experience? Would you like the opportunity to extend your writing and design skills into the realm of new media formats and publishing platforms?.
If so, consider signing up for this A&S and TAM elective, which also goes by the title Storytelling through New Media..
OFFERED: One section every Spring and Fall semester.
DELIVERY FORMAT: Campus Based.
MEETING SCHEDULE: From 3:30-4:45 on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Storytelling: the practice of sharing glimpses of our lives and experiences through brief stories about the moments that have shaped who we are, with the purpose of making an emotional connection with our audience..
New Media: using free and easy-to-use new media tools to compose stories with words, images, sounds, and visuals and to share them with others..
COURSE FLYER:: newmediastorytelling.net.
Amy is an Atlanta native who grew up dreaming of owning a horse farm in Colorado and teaching college-level writing… and now she does both. Amy spends most of her time reading, writing, and experimenting with digital tools, with at least one or two Chihuahuas on her lap at all times.
Also check out these longer bios:
PWR Technology Blog Bio
As a long-time member of the PWR Technology Committee and the program’s Digital Literacy Coordinator for two years, I’ve offered workshops on topics relating to teaching writing with technology for many years.
I’ve incorporated digital literacy practices into my classroom activities over the past decade, and starting a few years ago, I began to integrate the theory and practice of digital composition as well, particularly in my WRTG 3020 class on the Rhetoric of Gender and Sexuality. The class explores what we know about gender and sexuality (and how we know it) through a variety of discourses and mediums, and students engage with the topic while learning to compose rhetorically aware messages in a variety of digital formats.
I’m especially interested in continuing to explore the possibilities of digital storytelling as a rhetorically powerful form of communication, relevant within and across all disciplines as well as in civic and professional contexts. At the 2011 session of COLTT, I gave a two hour presentation/mini-workshop on Digital Storytelling that was very well-received — although, interestingly, the attendees were all from outside the writing program!
Teaching with Technology Statement
I recently wrote the following statement for another purpose, in response to a request to describe my background in teaching with technology, and I thought it might be helpful to share here as well, as a kind of updated bio for this site.
I started teaching campus classes for the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at CU Boulder in 1999 and online classes for Continuing Ed. in 2000. I’ve always made use of technology in my teaching at CU, but for the first few years I used it primarily as a way to deliver instructional materials (via my own web sites).
Around 2008, I began to experiment with ways of having students use technology, both for class activities and for projects. I started with tools like Google Docs and Diigo and worked my way towards designing assignments that required students to use digital tools such as free wikis and web site makers, a self-hosted WordPress blog, PDF annotation tools, screencasting apps, comic strip and animation makers, and software for working with images, audio, and video.
In 2008 I joined the PWR Digital Composition Committee and began offering workshops on a variety of ways writing instructors might integrate technology into their teaching. In 2010, I was named the program’s Digital Composition Coordinator, which meant I was responsible for helping our faculty adapt to the ways that digital environments have changed the nature of reading and writing.
As the Coordinator, I led a week-long workshop on digital composition, a three-day workshop on digital storytelling, and many shorter workshops on various aspects of integrating technology into writing instruction. I’ve also presented on digital storytelling at COLTT and for the Norlin Learner’s Lunch series, as well as for several groups in the broader community.
As an instructor, I’ve taught courses on a variety of topics related to technology, such as WRTG 2090: Writing for Digital Media, ATLS 3519/WRTG 3090: Digital Storytelling, WRTG 3035: Technical Communication and Design, and a WRTG 3020 course of my own design, which I’ve titled “The Rhetoric of Gender, Sexuality, and New Media.”
The last course is the one I teach most often, in campus, online, and hybrid versions, and it’s the one I’ve integrated technology into for the longest, with the major tools being WordPress blogs, Google Docs, and the multimedia apps necessary for digital storytelling.
I’ve tried having students keep individual blogs or participate on group blogs, but the approach I’ve been using for the past few years is to have all sections of my class participate on the same class blog. I particularly like the way that enables students to learn how to carry on semi-professional conversations in an online environment, given that they are often communicating with others they will never meet in person. I also like the way the class blog creates a community around a common topic and allows participants to share their observations using the conventions of web writing, such as creating hyperlinks and embedding images and videos.
Woman on the Web -- Since 1994!
Once Upon a Time…
Before accepting a teaching position at the University of Colorado in 1999, I worked for many years as a web site designer and computer consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a primary emphasis on helping women and women-owned small businesses.
In the early 1990’s, I registered the domain name lesbian.org and used it to build the first comprehensive collection of resources for lesbians on the web. I also published the first lesbian literary journal on the web and managed over a dozen listservs for women on a variety of issues.
As a result of my work for women in general and lesbians in particular, I was featured in a number of articles, books, radio interviews, and TV interviews in the mid 90’s as a notable “woman on the web.” While I took a break from web site building on a broad scale in order to return to teaching writing, I’ve continued to make use of the web’s potential for publishing and community building by building web sites for my classes.
(The rest of this story is under development as a potential digital storytelling project!)
After interviewing several other people for my ShareYourComputerStories.net project, I came home, turned on the camera, and shared a few memories of my own. I’ll eventually do a proper version with title cards and transitions as well as images to illustrate various elements of the story.